IJ-AZ’s first lawsuit protected a family-owned brake shop from being taken by the city of Mesa for the purely private benefit of a developer who wanted the land for a hardware store. IJ-AZ saved the brake shop, won a landmark legal precedent protecting Arizonans from eminent domain abuse and set the stage for the passage of the Arizona Private Property Rights Protection Act.

IJ-AZ’s efforts have also protected people’s right to earn an honest living, free from arbitrary government regulations, and made Arizona a freer place for entrepreneurs and consumers. Natural hair braiders, eyebrow threaders and small-scale landscapers and gardeners are now all free to practice their trades without unnecessary credentialing and licensing.

In addition to its legal victories, IJ’s Arizona office has had tremendous success in the court of public opinion. The saga of San Tan Flat’s fight against the dance police received national print, radio and TV coverage. And when established pest control companies tried to use the Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission to pick on a teenage entrepreneur and protect their own monopoly from competition, IJ-AZ fought back and dominated the media headlines for weeks. Not only did the Commission buckle under the weight of public opinion, the state of Arizona abolished the Commission entirely.

IJ-AZ’s staff of talented attorneys, along with a network of volunteer lawyers and like-minded policy organizations, continues to protect the legacy of liberty in the Grand Canyon State.

Arizona Team

Paul Avelar
Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Arizona Office
Molly Karten
Paralegal and Office Manager

Directions to IJ-arizona Office

The Institute for Justice Arizona office is located on the 3rd Floor of the Casa Loma building located on the Northwest corner of 4th St. & Mill Avenue in Tempe.

398 S Mill Ave.
Ste. 301
Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: (480) 557-8300
Fax: (480) 557-8305

Law Student Clerkships

To apply for semester clerkships in our Arizona office, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample via email to [email protected]  If you are interested in applying for a summer clerkship please visit our Students page.

Guest Speaker Information

If you would like to invite an Institute for Justice attorney to a debate or to speak to your group. please email [email protected]. To see if there are any events near you, go to our Speakers & Events page.

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